GatorFest 2018! - University Welcome Days

START YOUR UNIQUE PATH AT GATORFEST! 

San Francisco State University is proud to welcome the entering class of 2018, transfer students and international students to our campus community. We are excited that you have chosen San Francisco State and look forward to seeing you this fall. As you start planning your arrival to campus in August, please remember to make preparations for GatorFest! - the university's welcome programs! This is a unique multi-day series of events focused on all of our new students and their families and guests. The 2018 GatorFest! events will start Friday, August 24 with students moving into campus housing and conclude on Sunday, August 26 as we welcome back all returning students. But the welcome doesn't end there! GatorFest! continues throughout the first month of the fall semester! Be on the lookout for the "FroshMemo" and check the New Student Programs site on a regular basis for upcoming events, workshops, campus resources, and involvement opportunities. A schedule of events will be provided via our Gator Guides Mobile App used at New Student Orientation and check in will begin at 9:00 AM at the Student Events center as new First-Year students check-in for move-in on Friday, August 24. In the meantime, please review the GatorFest! schedule and download the Gator Guides app with the links provided below. Come join the fun, learn about the University and its many resources, and meet your new campus community!

 

Meet new people and have fun! Celebrarte San Francisco State! Go Gators! 

 

2018 GATORFEST! SCHEDULE!*

The GatorFest! Schedule will also be located in your Gator Guides Mobile App, in the Gator Transition Guide, used at your New Student Orientation session this past summer.  Please make sure you have access to it! If you need to download it again, you can find instructions here.

*Please note that the following schedule is tentative.  Events are subject to change location/time pending weather and other factors.

Please return to this site and the Gator Guides Mobile App (download here) frequently for the most updated information. 

 

2018 GatorFest! Open House | Schedule - Click Here

Departments and Colleges throughout campus are having an Open Houses on Friday August 24, 2018. Please feel free to see these spotlighted open houses. However, please note that campus is formally open from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday. Please feel free to stop by any open offices to address any concerns, complete tasks, and meet and greet staff and faculty!


THURSDAY, AUGUST 23

On-campus Move-in Day One

(Continuing Students)

New First-Year Students Move-in Friday! 

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Various Housing Locations 

Please refer to your email regarding move-in details. 

Review the Move-in Process Here 

 

Campus Department Open Houses

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Various locations (refer to your Gator Guides App)

University departments and support programs will host a variety of information sessions to assist students in learning about the many options and resources available to achieve academic success and engagement at SF State. Sessions include tours, general information sessions, and resource guides

 

Missed Orientation Workshop

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Library 280

Did you miss new student orientation this summer? Register for the "Missed Summer Orientation" workshop to learn about essential campus resources and participate in a discussion about frequently asked questions. 

 

Wellness Walk

11:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Join SF State’s Wellness Walk! Get yourself movin’ by participating in this self-guided tour as a solo activity or with friends to get familiar with your health and wellness departments on campus. At each wellness stop, you will be met with an engaging wellness activity, free swag item and an opportunity to earn “gator points”. Stop by the self-care stops to find your go-to stress reduction places on campus.

 


FRIDAY, AUGUST 24

On-campus Move-in Day Two

All First-Year Students

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Student Events Center / Annex 1

Please refer to your email regarding move-in details.

Review the Move-in Process Here 

 

GatorFest! Check-in! 

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Student Events Center / Annex 1

Be Sure to Get Your Wristband for all GatorFest! programs and events! While you check-in for housing you will have the opportunity to check-in for GatorFest!

 

Department & Academic Colleges Open Houses

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Various locations (See the Schedule Here and on the Gator Guides App)

University colleges, departments and support programs will host a variety of information sessions to assist students in learning about the many options and resources available to achieve academic success and engagement at SF State. Sessions include tours, general information sessions, and resource guides

 

Missed Orientation Workshop

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Library 280

Did you miss new student orientation this summer? Register for the "Missed Summer Orientation" workshop to learn about essential campus resources and participate in a discussion about frequently asked questions. 

 

Wellness Walk Events 

11:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Join SF State’s Wellness Walk! Get yourself movin’ by participating in this self-guided tour as a solo activity or with friends to get familiar with your health and wellness departments on campus. At each wellness stop you will be met with an engaging wellness activity, free swag item and an opportunity to earn “gator points”. Stop by the self-care stops to find your go-to stress reduction places on campus.

 

Farewell Family BBQ

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

West Campus Green

Students, families, and guests will enjoy a large BBQ with music and activities. Meet other families and friends and officially say farewell!

 

Associated Students (AS) Presents: Black Panther

7:45 PM - 10:00 PM

West Campus Green

Enjoy the amazing MARVEL's Black Panther! We will start the movie at approximately 7:45 P.M., but pending the sunlight we may be flexible with the start time of the move.

 

Rec the Night!

9:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Mashouf Wellness Center

Join Campus Recreation at our new home at the Mashouf Wellness Center! We will have several interactive activities to partake in: massage sign ups, games, dodgeball tournament, fitness demos, group x classes, intramurals sign ups, giveaways and more. There will also be a fun friendly game of bubble soccer. Can’t wait to see you here, this night was designed especially for you!


SATURDAY, AUGUST 25

 

Entering Class Welcome Address

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Cox Field & Stadium

 

Entering Class Pinning Tradition

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Cox Field & Stadium

Come to receive your entering class pin. A unique collectible lapel pin to mark the start of your first-year at San Francisco State! 

 

Entering Class Photo

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Cox Field

 

New Gator Playfair! 

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Cox Field 

 

Taste of San Francisco State

12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Main Quad/Lawn, Malcolm X Plaza and Cesar Chavez Student Center

Grab some free food, sample SF State cuisine, learn how to get involved in student activities and enjoy music at this food fair and student activities showcase. Including: 

Café 101, Café Rosso, Sodexo, Gold Coast Grill & Catering, Nizario’s Pizza, Natural Sensations, Station Café, Subway, Taqueria Girasol, Taza Smoothies & Wraps, Village Market & Pizza.

 

Student Life Carnival 

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

West Campus Green

Enjoy an evening of music, food, games, and much more as we bring the carnival to SF State.

 

Greet a Gator

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

J.Paul Leonard Library

Looking for something a little more low-key? Bring yourself and your new gator friends to Greet a Gator and enjoy some games, snacks, and other activities to help you unwind and connect.

 

Student Center Student Life Dance & Karaoke Party

9:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Cesar Chavez Student Center

Various programs and entertainment are in store for this year's Student Center Dance and Karaoke Party! Activities include a dance party, live entertainment, The Depot, and other programming aimed at helping you meet new students!


SUNDAY, AUGUST 26

 

Regional Receptions

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Various Locations

Come and meet you peers, staff, and faculty who come from the same region as you! Whether your out of state, from Southern California (SoCal), the Bay, the Central Valley, or the Sierra Nevada’s the Regional Receptions are a great way to learn about adapting to life in San Francisco! You will be able to meet others who might be great carpool/travel buddies when you return home on breaks.  Locations to be announced soon! 

 

Greek Block Party

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Centennial Walkway

The Fraternity and Sorority community represents a vibrant and dynamic part of the Student Life experience at SF State. Come join them for a fun and engaging series of activities aimed at helping you get to know other new students and meeting current Greek students and their organizations.

 

Josh McVicker | Hypnotist & Mentalist Show

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Student Life Events Center

Josh McVicar has been astounding with providing comedy, magic and hypnosis professionally for more than 15 years.  He’s performed at hundreds of colleges, corporations, parties and special events with his unique brand of entertainment that combines side splitting humor, hypnotic trances, explosive surprises, and mind-bending magic to create an experience like no other.  With shows packed full of laughs and audience participation, McTrickster will give a performance you are sure not to forget!

 

Important Note for First-Year Students Living On-campus: 

First Year Students Community Meetings | SUNDAY, AUGUST 26: 

Mary Park / Mary Ward Hall

5:00 - 6:00 PM

 

Towers / Towers Junior Suites

6:30 - 7:30 PM

 

Village A, B, & C

8:00 - 9:00 PM